Definition of exaction:
- That which is exacted; a severe tribute; a fee, reward, or contribution, demanded or levied with severity or injustice.
- The act of demanding with authority, and compelling to pay or yield; compulsion to give or furnish; a levying by force; a driving to compliance; as, the exaction to tribute or of obedience; hence, extortion.
- "Madame Roland, Makers of History", John S. C. Abbott.
- "A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII.", Robert Kerr.
The exaction of those tolls not being justified by any principle of international law, it became the right and duty of the United States to relieve themselves from the implication of engagement on the subject, so as to be perfectly free to act in the premises in such way as their public interests and honor shall demand.- "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.